6th October 2017

Church of Scotland Guild October E-News


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National Convener reflects on Annual Gathering and the year ahead





Guild friends




As I write this letter to you, the summer is past (if you could call it that) and autumn is upon us with many of you started or getting ready to start the new session of the Guild. For those Guilds who have been meeting over the summer, your session is coming to a close and I trust that God has richly blessed you. This flexibility of when to meet to suit the needs in your local situation is one of the advantages of the Action Plan and we hope that more Guilds will use that flexibility to allow groups to adapt and change to best serve their local situation.




I hope that whenever you meet you will have a session that takes in our aim of "WORSHIP, FELLOWSHIP and ACTION" as well as FRIENDSHIP. Please remember we are allowed to enjoy our meetings when we can have fun and join together in laughter.




I would ask you to remember in your prayers all those who have been affected by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes. In particular we remember our friends in Haiti at this difficult time. It is hard for us in this part of the world to imagine what they must be going through. As is often said by our Project Partners, the power of prayer is remarkable, so let us use this power to help all those in need at this time.




I hope to have an opportunity to meet up with many of you during this session when travelling around.




I trust with the Theme guide and knowing that God is behind us in everything we do you will all have a fulfilling session as we "Go in Love"




With every blessing




Patricia Robertson

National Vice-Convener



Big Sing Take 2






By popular demand we will be having a 2nd sitting at our Christmas Big Sing at St Georges Tron on Friday 8th December.




The 2nd sitting will be from 4.30pm - 5.30pm. We already have 120 people on the waiting list so book now to avoid disappointment!



New Guild merchandise





A range of new items are now available in the Guild shop including this stylus pen at £1.50. It's very handy and great to use with a mobile phone or tablet. We also have a few packs of Christmas cards at £3.





Our 'Go in Love' keyring is just £1. Why not buy one for every member as a gift during Guild week or at Christmas? It's a visual way showing our Theme.





At £5, our jute bag is a snip and will have you advertising as you do your weekly shop.



Lochmaben 130th celebrations





The 130 years of the Church of Scotland Guild were celebrated recently by Lochmaben Church Guild members.




Seen cutting the anniversary cake are Marian Howell, Annandale and Eskdale Guild Convener and Irene Robertson, a Guild member for 59 years.




What a great idea to have a special celebration for our 130th anniversary. If your Guild has a special event then please send us your pictures.



Strawberry tea in Forfar






The Guild at Forfar East & Old Parish Guild recently held a held a very successful Afternoon Cream Scone Tea.


Pictured at the organising committee who put a great deal of hard work into arranging the event.


Everyone who came along agreed that it was a great social gathering and they raised a fabulous £471.



Long service in Perth





Perth North Guild presented long service certificates and badges to 6 of their members this month who had a total service 237 years!




Pictured are Elspeth Bryce (28yrs), Sheila Wyles (77yrs), Kathleen Ogilvy (28yrs), Marian Ramage (37yrs) and past National Convener Rosemary Johnston, who made the presentations.




Alison Caskie (39yrs) and Moira Stewart (28 yrs) were on holiday but will be presented with their certificates when they come home!



Portpatrick Guild Calendar






Portpatrick Guild has again produced a calendar as a fund raiser for Guild funds.


Priced at a very reasonable £5, plus £1 postage.


If you would like to order a calendar, then please get in touch with Fiona Maxwell either by email maxwellf@supanet.com or by telephone 01776 704045


It would make an ideal Christmas present.



Understanding our Faith conference





Building on our successful ‘Pastoral Care Conference 2017’, for which over 300 delegates joined, this Learn day conference with the theme of ‘Understand More Clearly! Communicate with More Confidence!’ aims to support and stimulate everyday believers to reflect on what they believe in and hope and to grow in confidence as they seek to share their faith in daily life.


Six core issues of Christian life will be explored with the contributors to the new Learn: Understanding Our Faith publication:


God, How do I know Him?

Jesus, What does He have to do with Me?

The Holy Spirit, Who is He?

What is Church for anyway?

What’s the Point of Discipleship?

How will I know if I’m going to Heaven?




You can register <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-khsttl-dujtnsj-f/> with this link



Feed the Minds Carol Concert






Join Guild Project Partner Feed the Minds for our Edinburgh Carol Concert on Thursday 14h December. This promises to be the perfect way to get into the festive spirit and celebrate Christmas in the magical setting of Greyfriars Kirk. The programme includes the perfect mix of sing-along carols and choral performances. Sing along to classic Christmas carols and enjoy performances from the joyful Edinburgh Telephone Choir. All funds raised will support Feed the Minds to help transform the lives of individuals living in some of the world’s poorest countries, through education. Everyone is welcome to this special night celebrating Christmas at our flagship event of the year. The concert will begin at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:30pm). Please buy tickets in advance by following the link from this page <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-khsttl-dujtnsj-z/> . If you are unable to buy the tickets online <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-khsttl-dujtnsj-v/> , please phone the Feed the Minds office on 020 3752 5802.



Glencorse Guild hear about FGM





Folks from Glencorse Guild were delighted to welcome David and Lyn Mitchell to their recent meeting where they heard more about the work of Feed the Minds and our Guild project in Kenya.




It was an interesting and informative evening.



Just for fun





Well done to everyone who took part in our competition and correctly told us that Hamilton North won the Conveners Challenge




A Guild goodie bag is on its way to Lesley Milligan from Kirkcudbright Guild.




The question this month is how much does the stylus pen cost



Answers to the Guild office by Friday 27th October for your chance to win some Guild goodies.



October Prayer Diary






Please pray for:




Fri 6 October: all Guild treasurers

Sat 7 October: all attending the Aberdeen Presbyterial Council Rally and Karen Gillon as she addresses them

Sun 8 October: our friends in the CCAP Livingstonia Women’s Guild

Mon 9 October: friends at the Borders Kirk Guild meeting today in Carlisle.

Tues 10 October: Guilds meeting in the Island presbyterial council areas

Wed 11 October: members of the National Council as they meet to take forward the Guild in the coming months

Thurs 12 October: Guilds meeting in the Highlands Presbyterial Council areas

Fri 13 October: Guilds meeting in the Lothians Presbyterial Council areas

Sat 14 October: Iain Whyte as he speaks at St Oran’s and Dunbeg Guild in Connel

Sun 15 October: for ministers who have recently been ordained to their first charge

Mon 16 October: Karen Gillon as she speaks at Pollokshields Guild

Tues 17 October: all those who have been bereaved in recent weeks

Wed 18 October: for all those attending the Glasgow NE Presbyterial Council rally

Thurs 19 October: Guilds meeting in the Lothians Presbyterial Council areas

Fri 20 October: Guilds meeting in the Borders Presbyterial Council areas

Sat 21 October: our friends in the CCAP Livingstonia Men’s Guild

Sun 22 October: Iain Whyte as he speaks at Bourock Church in his home town of Barrhead

Mon 23 October: Marge, Patricia, Iain and Karen as they begin a series of Roadshows in the West of Scotland beginning in Tarbert

Tues 24 October: for the roadshows in Fort William and Kyle of Lochalsh

Wed 25 October: the work of our project partners

Thurs 26 October: for the roadshow in Stornoway

Fri 27 October: for all those in the Diaconate

Sat 28 October: for National Convener Marge Paterson that she will have energy and good health throughout her year of office

Sun 29 October: for ministers who have recently begun a new charge

Mon 30 October: for the members of the National Youth Assembly

Tues 31 October: Guilds meeting in the Lanarkshire presbyterial council areas

Wed 1 November: for the Moderator, Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning that he will know God's strength and encouragement throughout his year of office.

Thurs 2 November: for National Vice Convener Patricia Robertson, that she will be a support and encouragement to Marge

Fri 3 November: Guilds meeting in the Perthshire presbyterial council areas



A prayer for autumn


As weather cools, we see colours warming.


As summer fades, we see change and transition.

As flowers pass and leaves fall, we see the circle turning.

In the dying of the year, we see the promise of resurrection and

Hope rises through our faith in the grace of our God.

In this autumn time, we ask for his blessing


and the strength to see beyond the seasons

To wonder of all creation,


declaring our faith in the name of


the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,








Well, that's everything for October's edition of Guild e-news! If you have something to contribute for the next e-newsletter, then please email guild@churchofscotland.org.uk <mailto:guild@churchofscotland.org.uk?subject=e-newsletter%20contribution> - we can't wait to hear from you!

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